Court finds two men parents
Herald Sun 1 June 2012
TWO men have been declared the parents of a baby that was born through a surrogate, with a court ruling it was in the child’s “best interests”. In transferring the child’s parentage to the two men, a Supreme Court judge was satisfied the pregnancy was not from an illegal commercial agreement and that the woman who carried the baby was not paid to do so. Altruistic surrogacy, where a woman isn’t paid for the pregnancy except for medical expenses, is rare but permitted in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. But it’s believed that only one in 20 couples who want to use a surrogate can stay in Australia, with most forced to have their baby born through a foreign surrogate. The NSW child, born in April 2010, now has the two Sydney men as parents. The birth mother agrees not to be recognised on the birth certificate.